Off the Shelf

Installation view, The Shelf, Tang Teaching Museum, 2019

UPDATE:  All tickets have been reserved; however, visitors who arrive before each performance can add their names to a waiting list and be admitted if there are cancellations or no shows.

Join us Friday, March 29, at 7:00 pm for Off the Shelf, a site-specific theater piece that examines the life and character of a museum’s permanent collection. The piece is co-created by Carolyn Anderson, Professor of Theater, and Garett Wilson, Theater Department Artistic Director. Anderson and Wilson, in collaboration with theater students and Tang staff members, have come together to explore theatrical paths that reveal the unique qualities and surprises within the Tang’s permanent collection.

Off the Shelf is free and open to the public. Due to limited space, ticket reservation is required. The show will be performed on March 27, 28, and 29 at 7:00 and 8:30 pm each night. View the performance schedule here.

Off the Shelf is organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Shelf, which presents work from the Tang Teaching Museum collection that spans place, time, material, style, and subject. Displayed together on a single shelf, the objects selected confuse distinctions between “high” and “low” art, between “decorative” and “fine,” or between work made for function or beauty. The exhibition represents a snapshot of the museum’s permanent collection—a grouping that creates new meaning about the works both individually and collectively. It asks, what defines a permanent collection of things, and what defines their connections?


Ajani Acloque ’22, Miranda Coble ’19, Rowen Halpin ’19, Max LoSardo ’20, Finley Martin ’19, Megan Muratore ’19, Anthony Nikitopoulos ’21, Sophia Paulino ’22, Fabian Rodriguez ’22, Julian Giovanni Schepis ’22, Yael Schoenbaum ’21

Production Team:
Carolyn Anderson, Professor of Theater, Co-Creator; Garett Wilson, Theater Department Artistic Director, Co-Creator; August Sylvester ’20, Production Designer; Patty Pawliczak, Lecturer, Costume Designer; JoLynn DuBois ’19, Costume Designer and Makeup Designer; L. Esther Hibbs ’20, Hair Designer; Sarah Markley ’19, Scenic and Props Assistant; Romi Moors ’19, Scenic and Props Assistant; Jared Klein, Theater Department Technical Director, Design/Tech Consultant; Nick Leonard ’20, Associate Director; Taylor Jaskula ’21, Stage Manger

Writing Collaborators:
Jacob Levine ’19, Natalie Lifson ’21, Eliza Martin ’21, Grace Palmer ’22, Nina Slowinski ’19, The Ensemble

Special Thanks:
Marie Glotzbach, Barbara Black, Matt’s Servicenter, Liz Sylvester, Skidmore Campus Safety

Pattern by Erin Barry ’16
Inspired by the exhibition The Jewel Thief
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.